Monday, 26 October 2009

Is The Chairman Superman?

Hay is getting suspicious of me; she’s realised that Superman and I are never around at the same time.

Last week she spotted some workmen in the local shopping precinct puting up the Xmas decorations while dressed in shorts and T shirts.

Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Carey, has urged Christians to "stand shoulder to shoulder" in rejecting the British National Party. He told the News of the World the party's leader was a "squalid racist".

Lord Carey wrote an opinion piece in The Times in 2008 in which he said: "Immigration must be kept under control if we are to retain the essentials of British society that have been built up over the generations. If this scale of immigration continues, with people of different faiths, cultures and traditions coming here, what will it mean to be British?". That sounds suspiciously like what Nick Griffin, the BNP Fuhrer, was saying on Question Time last week and was being castigated for by the other panelists and the media.

Went to the Gatcombe Park Craft Fair on Sunday. Hideous – knee deep in mud and lashing rain. I’d mistaken No. 1 son’s coat in the back of the car for mine and thus got a good soaking. Hay bought a couple of hair grips which were hand-crafted from recycled tofu for £17, which with the £20 entrance fee charged by the licensed bandit on the gate worked out to £18.50 each. Spent most of my time snaffling the free cheese samples and booze on offer. The food prices were somewhat high, but we’re so seduced by supermarket prices that we forget how much it costs to produce real food, rather than the bland, homogenous, perfectly shaped crap we get from the hypermarket barons.


  1. What is it with the shorts and T-shirts? Do these people have no nerve-endings? cheese... and not only that but free 'real'cheese. Worth the entrance fee and the soaking.

  2. How can you be Superman, you are Chairman!

  3. I object to paying an entrance fee to events that are essentially an opportunity to go shopping in a tent. Perhaps this is to cover the cost of all the free cheese.

  4. Racism begins with our families, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts and uncles, grandparents, people we admire, respect and love.

    However, as we grow and mature we come to the realization that what we were told by our family when we were children were slanted lies base on their prejudices. We realize that most people are like ourselves and not so different and want the same things, like a home, steady work, a Medicare plan and schools for our children (if you travel you will see this). We realize that most people are of good hearts and goodwill.

    This reminds me of a parable from the good book where a Levite and Priest come upon a man who fell among thieves and they both individually passed by and didn’t stop to help him.

    Finally a man of another race came by, he got down from his beast, decided not to be compassionate by proxy and got down with the injured man, administered first aid, and helped the man in need.

    Jesus ended up saying, this was the good man, this was the great man, because he had the capacity to project the “I” into the “thou,” and to be concerned about his fellow man.

    You see, the Levite and the Priest were afraid, they asked themselves, “If I stop to help this man, what will happen to me?”

    But then the Good Samaritan came by. And he reversed the question: “If I do not stop to help this man, what will happen to him?”

    That’s the question before us. The question is not, “If I stop to help our fellow man (immigrant) in need, what will happen to me?” The question is, “If I do not stop to help our fellow man, what will happen to him or her?” That’s the question.

    This current climate of blaming others for our woes is not new. We have had this before and we have conquered it.

    Remember “Evil flourishes when good men (and women) do nothing”. Raise your voices with those of us who believe we are equal and we can win this battle again.

  5. Be carefull Hay may expect big things of Superman. I know I would.
    Were the workmen in the shorts and t-shirt incident Northeners? If so that would explain everything.
    Tofu hairgrips?????

  6. Good grief! Sounds outrageously expensive. Don't these things fleece you!

    Always think of Christopher Reeve obviously with Superman. He was a good guy but you're more original than that. xxx

  7. I'm still laughing at the first paragraph. ..... classic problem for superheroes.....

  8. CB - We need to know, do you wear your underpants outside your trousers?

    I love how easy it is for Griffin to hijack "Christian values", it just proves what a bunch of ambiguous cherry picking nonsense it all is.

  9. Paul: Don't you think a much more motivating question would be "If I don't stop and help this person, what will happen to me". I.e. if we don't do something about the hideous mess most of the people in this world live in despite our global wealth and intelligence, we will ALL land up in it.

    PS Actually, my 5-year-old is Superman, my 3-year-old told me.